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Calling Clean Energy Co’s

Is your startup company using internet technology to accelerate the world’s transition to a sustainable energy supply? Being part of the “Internet of Energy Things” by deploying machine connectivity, software and apps, intelligent data and sharing platforms to optimize energy installations, grids and devices?

The Rockstart Accelerator Smart Energy Programme aims to help boost ten start-up companies that are innovating in energy, IT & sustainability, in order to accelerate the world’s transition to a sustainable energy supply.

The programme helps participants to:
• develop their business with the help of mentors with relevant experience;
• test propositions;
• develop their business model;
• meet investors with a smart energy focus; and
• visit leading international events.

The programme commences in late January 2016 and for six months the successful applicants will have their own premises in the Smart Energy space at Rockstart HQ in central Amsterdam. The main feature of the programme is Demo Day, where ten selected teams pitch their start-ups to hundreds of investors, industry experts and members of the press.
The 2016 Smart Energy programme is led by Freerk Bisschop, a venture developer in sustainable energy and clean tech. It will incorporate an extensive network of over 75 smart energy mentors, investors and energy partners.
Successful applicants will receive:

• €20,000 in cash to focus on building the business while getting started – in exchange for 8% equity.
• In-kind investment to cover the costs of office space, incorporation, legal and fiscal support for six months, software, and international trip costs etc.
• Office for six months in Amsterdam.
• Intensive coaching from expert mentors: successful entrepreneurs, industry executives & specialists.
• Support on legal & fiscal topics to avoid the hassle and focus on building the business.
• Pitching in front of 200+ investors & VIPs at Demo Day.
• International ‘roadtrip’, taking participants to smart energy hot spots, meeting potential investors, customers, start-ups and partners.

Start-up companies operating in the smart energy sectors in the UK may apply. Smart Energy can be considered in a broad sense; helping to reduce energy /CO2 footprint on the world. The main focus is on the intersection of IT and clean-tech, particularly in areas of smart home and metering, collective and decentralised energy generation and distribution, energy reduction, energy usage awareness, mobility and energy trade.
Applications for the 2016 programme (running from 26 January to 24 June 2016) must be submitted by Saturday 12 December 2015.
See the WEBSITE for more details.

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